On and off the turf with Brian Lee

Friday, 8 March 2019

– Equine

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Connor Brace from Porthcawl, a 7lbs claiming jockey, came in for plenty of praise when winning on Fergal O’Brien’s Carrolls Milan at Ludlow on Thursday, February 28.

A former national champion novice point-to-point rider, Connor got his mount home by a length from Gold Chain in the mares’ handicap hurdle race.

Carrolls Milan was Cotswold trainer O’Brien’s 35th winner of the season and was returned at odds of 5-1.


Edward Vaughan, aged 11, son of Aberthin National Hunt trainer Tim and Abbi Vaughan, riding his grey mare White Water added another win to his many successes when winning the Stars of Tomorrow Stakes over nine furlongs at the Beaufort Hunt Point-To-Point Steeplechases at Didmarton last Saturday.

Buddys Girl (Elliot England) was second and O’Flynn’s Daughter, ridden by the Vale’s Daniel Ellis (14), was third.

Cowbridge’s Byron Moorcroft chalked-up his 11th winner of the season when landing

the Intermediate race.

Riding Tommy Faulkner’s eight-year-old Mister Robbo, who led four fences from the finish,he went on to score by 15 lengths from 33-1 outsider Midnight Monkey.

Mister Robbo, a 5-2 chance, was well ridden by Moorcroft and was Faulkner’s fifth winner of the season.

Moorcroft said: “That was very easy and I’m delighted with the way the horse ran.”

The favourite, BillyGwyn Too, partnered by Merthyr Mawr’s Jack Tudor was pulled up.

In the Club Members’ race, Bradley Gibbs on Moral Hazard jumped the last fence clear of Sarazen Bridge but the latter ran on gamely on the run-in, and,after what seemed like a very long time, it was announced that Sarazen Bridge’s rider Nick Phillips had got his mount up on the line to win by a neck.

Phillips later took the Restricted on the well-backed Mankala, who won by three lengths from Barrafohona.

James King, 23, riding Oscar Bravo for Clare Lloyd Davies took the Open Maiden Race finishing eight lengths ahead of GetABuck.

The Young Horse Maiden went to the odds-on Hot To Trot who led at the last and went on to beat the second favourite Arctic Milly by four lengths. Hot To Trot was partnered by Tamartha Worsley, 24,who has ridden around a dozen winners under Rules.

In the Conditions Race for Novice Riders, Jack Tudor, aboard David Brace’s William Money, a former inmate of Tim Vaughan’s yard, went off the favourite and went straight into the lead.

However, at the finish, he was some seven lengths adrift of the winner Vivaldi Collonges, an ex-National Hunt performer of note who was ridden by B.W. Bromley.


Former Welsh pony racing champion and last season’s novice champion point-to-point rider Connor Brace put his flat racing experience to good use when landing the Racing TV Standard Open Flat Race over two miles at Huntingdon on Sunday.

Riding A Book Of Intrigue, a 40-1 chance, for Cotswold’s Fergal O’Brien, the six-year-old, who was racing in public for the first time in 440 days, scored by a length from Chat To Charlie.

Ogmore-By-Sea’s Christian Williams sent his Cap Du Nord on the 309-mile trip to Sedgefield where his six-year-old course and distance winner took the £18,768 Young Chasers Series Final Handicap Chase under Pembrokeshire’s James Bowen.

Cap Du Nord went off the 9-4 joint favourite.

Brian Lee

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